By Nancy Gentile Ford
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Their “In the Family of One Nation” 17 works tell of immigrants falling victims to harsh Americanization eﬀorts designed to strip them of their native culture and loyalties. Some argue that ethnic displays of loyalty were forced upon immigrants with stinging assimilation policies by reigning nativists. However, for far too long historians have lumped together very diﬀerent ethnic experiences. Although there is no denying the oppression of immigrants or the power of Americanization during the war, ethnic groups should not be viewed simply as isolated and powerless victims cowering to a barrage of nativist bullets.
S. Selective Service Board and continued to tie the war eﬀort to independence of the homeland. “Thousands of Czech families will soon have to part with their sons. We feel the painful throb in a mother’s heart, . . ”39 By November, , the United States expanded the conﬂict with Germany by declaring war on that nation’s partner, the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This action also “technically” excluded noncitizen Czechs and Slovaks from serving in the army since they had been born in the empire. Not surprisingly, this brought resentment from the ethnic groups who had long called for the defeat of the Central Powers and had worked diligently for its demise.
The Meaning of America, one of the booklets produced by the CPI, provided instructions and speaking suggestions to the Division of Four-Minute Men, a group of over , volunteers who provided short patriotic speeches to move-theater audiences and social clubs throughout the United States, and included speciﬁc information on how to talk to foreign-born groups. It directed speakers to persuade immigrants to speak “the English language . . salute the ﬂag . . cultivate patriotism in [their] children .